ANA and Philippine Airlines plan to begin codesharing on flights between Japan and the Philippines on October 26. They also plan to begin offering reciprocal privileges in their frequent-flyer programs at the same time.

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Airbus has now delivered 100 commercial aircraft to Japanese carriers, with the delivery on March 15 of Jetstar Japan’s 10th Airbus A320.

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Hawaiian Airlines will add its fifth Japan gateway in June when it launches service three times a week to Sendai on June 25, pending approval from the Japanese government.

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Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a new Airbus A320 acquired on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services.

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The deeper relationship will add Yantai to Japan Airlines’ network of 15 Chinese cities, and Shizuoka, Okayama and Nagasaki to China Eastern’s existing network of 12 Japanese cities.

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Fukuoka will be Hawaiian Airlines’ third destination in Japan and the fourth destination in Asia that Hawaiian is introducing within a two-year period, following the launches of service from Honolulu to Tokyo in November 2010, Seoul in January 2011, and Osaka in July 2011.

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Throughout the coming days, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, will fly a Boeing 787 on actual airline routes in Japan using airline dispatch and flight rules. ANA’s mechanics and ground crews also will gain experience with the aircraft in a simulated operational environment.

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Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third-largest airline, has placed a $700 million-plus firm order for two more Airbus A380s, bringing its total order for A380s to six. Additionally, Airbus indicates it has received a commitment from an unidentified customer for 10 A380s.

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Japan Airlines and American Airlines have moved into the next phase of launching their transpacific joint business by starting joint selling in Japan on February 1.

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Skymark will operate its A380s on major international long-haul routes from Tokyo. Skymark Airlines is the first Japanese airline to commit to purchasing A380s.

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A group of Australian owners and a new Japanese hospitality group, EastEdge Partners, has renewed and re-opened the former Hana Hotel overlooking Hakuba Valley’s Happo Resort as a boutique hotel named The Ridge Hotel and Apartments.

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Delta Air Lines is planning to add non-stop service from Japanese cities to two popular leisure destinations, Honolulu and the Pacific island nation of Palau.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has given initial approval for the application by American Airlines and four of its international partners for anti-trust immunity ― that is, immunity from monopolies prosecution ― to form an international joint venture.

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Star Alliance members Air China and All Nippon Airways will begin codesharing on flights operated by both airlines between Beijing Capital International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from October 25.

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